“Resentment is the “number one” offender. It destroys more alcoholics than anything else… If we were to live, we had to be free of anger. The grouch and the brainstorm were not for us. They may be the dubious luxury of normal men, but for alcoholics these things are poison…We saw that these resentments must be mastered, but how?..
Later, p.77, it suggests with “a helpful and forgiving spirit.”
In the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions, p.78, in reference to step 8 it suggests “why shouldn’t we start out by forgiving them, one and all?
These truncated passages from the Big Book (1) and the 12 and 12 (3) illustrates how resentments cause relapse and that they need to by treated with the antidote of forgiveness.
We suggest also that the myriad of resentments which swirl around our minds in early recovery are also negative emotions unprocessed and thus unregulated from the…
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